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/ 16 Menachem-Av 5767
Boys Will Be Boys? They'd Better Not Be!
As a man I can appreciate what gives women pleasure. Wait. Let me rephrase that. As a man I can understand the little pleasures of life that bring enjoyment to many women. A long soak in a tub, buying a new pair of shoes, going to a spa, having high tea at a fancy hotel, getting your hair done, having a make-up session with the girls are some of life's little delights that many women take pleasure in. Even though these activities mean nothing to me, I can still recognize the value of these things for many gals. So why can't women understand what gives men a bit of pleasure?
Smoking a good cigar, relaxing in a comfortable chair, having a stiff drink with a few other guys, and playing cards are some of the traditional small pleasures that men have enjoyed throughout the years, but many women either don't understand them, or resent them to the point of attempting to put a stop to these activities altogether. It ain't fair, girls, it really isn't.
More and more the girls are taking over. There are fewer places to do man stuff these days, and even when there is a place, there are many more woman than there are men. I mean, I like the ladies, but sometimes a guy just wants to be without them for awhile, y'know? And it's getting harder to just be a guy than it was for my father's generation.
Little boys are put on tranquillizers at an early age to keep them from acting like little boys. Men are told to alter their natural aggressive tendencies, to act softer, to get in touch with their feelings. Girls are encouraged to participate in sports to the point that many schools can't afford to do both girl's and boy's sports any longer, so they drop the boy's sports. Dark, wood-paneled masculine bars have been replaced by light and airy open spaces that are much more attuned to women's tastes. Men's gyms are gone, now there are "health clubs" which cater to both sexes but with a significant soft edge for the gals.
But boys are supposed to be tough guys, not just larger versions of girls. Males want to act tough, swear, smoke, drink, raise a little hell, and be competitive. Not to say that guys should be loud, obnoxious, knuckle-dragging, drooling slobs, but they shouldn't be the sugarplum fairy, either. Remember the old school rhyme, "What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice - that's what little girls are made of. What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails - that's what little boys are made of."
But thanks to feminism just being a boy today is considered a criminal offense. Think I'm exaggerating? Consider the following news item as reported by The Oregonian as an example: It started when two 13-year-old boys ran down the hall at Patton Middle School and swatted the bottoms of girls as they passed. It was part of what students call "slap butt day" and what some kids said was a common form of greeting.
However, bottom-slapping is against school policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school interrogated them. After hours of interviews with students the day of the February incident, the police officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days. Did you get that? FIVE DAYS IN THE SLAMMER!
And now Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison, both 13, face the prospect of 10 years in juvenile detention and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.
Since the incident first occurred, confidential police reports and juvenile court records have shed new light on the context of the boys' actions. The records show that other students, both boys AND girls, were slapping one another's bottoms. Two of the girls identified as victims have since recanted their statements against the two boys, saying they felt pressured and gave false statements to interrogators. But that doesn't seem to matter to the politically correct authorities who are bent on throwing the book at the boys.
A second round of interrogation took place when the boys were in detention, then finally after five days, the kids were released. But the judge ordered them out of school, required constant parental supervision and barred them from contacting friends. Any deviation, he said, would result in more time in juvenile jail.
The boys' families couldn't believe the nightmarish situation. Neither boy had ever been in trouble. Now, they faced multiple felony counts. Their parents had to figure out how to calm two boys who were traumatized by their time in the Yamhill County Juvenile Detention Center.
Initially the boys were charged with FELONY sex abuse but later the charges were reduced to 10 misdemeanors - five sex abuse counts, five harassment counts. The boys will go on trial August 20th. A leading expert called the case a "travesty of justice" that is part of a growing trend in which children as young as 8 are being labeled sexual predators in juvenile court, where documents and proceedings are often secret.
And don't think that this is just one isolated incident - this kind of crap goes on all over the country. You can thank women's lib for this nonsense. Stories like this one prove time and again that the feminist movement isn't about being "pro-woman" - it's really about being anti-men. As the saying goes, "boys will be boys" but if they are, they just might get thrown in the pokey. Because in today's world, boys really don't stand a chance.
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